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Abnormal Brainwaves and Anti Seizure Meds

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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Three years ago my son saw a neurologist who said he had an abnormal right brainwave that affected language. He said anti seizure medication was used to correct it. The way this dr approached things were not so great and my husband and I decided to pass on the meds. Today we saw a developmental specialist and she wants to do another EEG to see if the brainwave is still abnormal and said the anti seizure medication is highly effect in helping those abnormal brainwaves. She was able to run down everything about the med with me. my son doesn't have any seizures and the ant seizure med would be used to correct the abnormal brainwave. Has anyone had an experience with this? Please share :-)
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TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Mar. 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM
That never happened with Dillon. I wish I had some advice... Hopefully one of the other ladies in the group can help!
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kajira
by Emma on Mar. 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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I would be cautious using anti-siezure medication. They tried me on an anti siezure med as a kid for something, and it CAUSED a siezure in me, when I wasn't prone to having them. They had to take me off it. ^.^


So, medicatiosn may or may not always have the desired effect. I would definitely be cautious.

VioletsMomTown
by Robyn on Mar. 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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I wasn't really sure what you were asking about, so I googled it. I have no experience with it, just curious.  I don't know about the medication, just that I would try not to medicate unless it was really necessary generally. If you decide to do it then really research the drug first, it might be worse dealing with side effects.  I came across a link that ties gluten to abnormal brainwaves. Have you tried a gluten free diet? I wonder if it would help? Here is the (link)

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blessedhappymom
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM
That was my exact concern. Thank you for sharing.


Quoting kajira:

I would be cautious using anti-siezure medication. They tried me on an anti siezure med as a kid for something, and it CAUSED a siezure in me, when I wasn't prone to having them. They had to take me off it. ^.^


So, medicatiosn may or may not always have the desired effect. I would definitely be cautious.


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by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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Wow! That blew me away. Who knew that gluten could effect the function of brainwaves?? As of yet we have not tried a gluten free diet. Time to seriously consider it. Thank you for the link!


Quoting VioletsMomTown:

I wasn't really sure what you were asking about, so I googled it. I have no experience with it, just curious.  I don't know about the medication, just that I would try not to medicate unless it was really necessary generally. If you decide to do it then really research the drug first, it might be worse dealing with side effects.  I came across a link that ties gluten to abnormal brainwaves. Have you tried a gluten free diet? I wonder if it would help? Here is the (link)


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kajira
by Emma on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

I get chronic migraine headaches and other issues.

going gluten-free, taking fish oil, extra folic acid, plus vitamin B's and taurene really stabilized me.

vitamins and diet are huge.

Actually, there's an anti-siezure diet you can try, but it's so restrictive they don't like to put young children on it as a first resort... only if meds aren't working well - it's better for older teens/adults but for growth development, it's pretty restrictive.

So, I do believe that diet can be HUGE when it comes to brain waves and abnormalities.

If diet and vitamins can basically fix my migraines and one bite of a protien bar with wheat in it can cause a cluster headache and a migraine behind my left eye for two days..... it's hard to think that siezure medicatiosn are the only answer... you know?

Quoting blessedhappymom:

Wow! That blew me away. Who knew that gluten could effect the function of brainwaves?? As of yet we have not tried a gluten free diet. Time to seriously consider it. Thank you for the link!


Quoting VioletsMomTown:

I wasn't really sure what you were asking about, so I googled it. I have no experience with it, just curious.  I don't know about the medication, just that I would try not to medicate unless it was really necessary generally. If you decide to do it then really research the drug first, it might be worse dealing with side effects.  I came across a link that ties gluten to abnormal brainwaves. Have you tried a gluten free diet? I wonder if it would help? Here is the (link)



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KatyTylersMom
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:43 AM

I've also read that some epilepsy medications can exacerbate cognitive delays - I'd have to look up why but from what I remember (was in the book "Healing our Autistic Children by Julie Buckley) some of the meds either use up things like folic acid way faster (something that many kids have trouble processing in the first place?) so those were not good choices for kids with autism. 

blessedhappymom
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM
Right! So how did you know that it was gluten that wa causing your migraines? Is there a way to test for gluten sensitivity or do you just try the gluten free diet to see if it works and the symptoms subside? Sorry for all the questions, I'm on page one with gluten.


Quoting kajira:

I get chronic migraine headaches and other issues.

going gluten-free, taking fish oil, extra folic acid, plus vitamin B's and taurene really stabilized me.

vitamins and diet are huge.

Actually, there's an anti-siezure diet you can try, but it's so restrictive they don't like to put young children on it as a first resort... only if meds aren't working well - it's better for older teens/adults but for growth development, it's pretty restrictive.

So, I do believe that diet can be HUGE when it comes to brain waves and abnormalities.

If diet and vitamins can basically fix my migraines and one bite of a protien bar with wheat in it can cause a cluster headache and a migraine behind my left eye for two days..... it's hard to think that siezure medicatiosn are the only answer... you know?

Quoting blessedhappymom:

Wow! That blew me away. Who knew that gluten could effect the function of brainwaves?? As of yet we have not tried a gluten free diet. Time to seriously consider it. Thank you for the link!





Quoting VioletsMomTown:

I wasn't really sure what you were asking about, so I googled it. I have no experience with it, just curious.  I don't know about the medication, just that I would try not to medicate unless it was really necessary generally. If you decide to do it then really research the drug first, it might be worse dealing with side effects.  I came across a link that ties gluten to abnormal brainwaves. Have you tried a gluten free diet? I wonder if it would help? Here is the (link)





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by Kari on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I am an epileptic, I do not take anticonvulsants because in my experience the draw backs out way the benefits. That being said there are other ways to effect brain waves. Three of the things that effect me the most are avoiding stress, eating small and regular healthy meals ) low sugar, whole foods, no chemicals) and snacks, and regular sleep (same time to bed and to wake everyday.) What you are trying to do is keep the blood sugar stable. No nuerologist is going to agree with me, I am just telling you what works for me. 

Will these things help your child? I don't know but none of them will hurt him. Children taking meds is a big step so I like to make sure I have tired everything else before I even try a med. Because they are still growing meds effect them in a way they don't effect grown ups. There is very little research into those effects...

Good luck. Follow your heart, you can always try something and if you don't like it stop.   XO 

Alma4Mom
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

My son also has abnormal brain waves they were unable to decipher.  As a parent it is nervewracking I wish we could chat and discuss this.  He was also given medication for behavior but I gave it to him 3 days and that was it because I felt he was picking up old habits in such a short time of being on meds.  Maybe it was a sensory switch he has those oh well who knows he's off meds. Chat or message me whenever.


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